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We found 4 providers with an interest in refractive surgery and who accept Blue Shield of California HMO near La Mesa, CA.

Dr. Glenn Cook, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
7877 Parkway Drive; Suite 100
La Mesa, CA

Dr. Glenn Cook practices ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Cook has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Cook include macular degeneration, glaucoma, and LASIK. He is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Cook's education and training includes medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), LASIK

All Interests: Cataract Surgery, Pterygium Surgery, Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, Laser Treatment, Laser ... (Read more)

Dr. Paul Dong Huynh, PhD, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
4844 University Avenue; Suite A
San Diego, CA

Dr. Paul Huynh specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease) and practices in San Diego, CA. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Huynh's clinical interests include macular degeneration, glaucoma, and cataract surgery. His professional affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Huynh honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. He studied medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. Dr. Huynh trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston for residency. He is conversant in Vietnamese.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

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Annie Tsuen Chin
Specializes in Optometry
7862 El Cajon Boulevard
La Mesa, CA

Dr. Annie Chin is an optometrist. In her practice, Dr. Chin focuses on contact lenses. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Chin is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Dr. Chin welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Laser Treatment, Refractive Surgery, Contact Lenses

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
5565 Grsmnt Ctr Drive; Suite 551
La Mesa, CA

Dr. Jeffrey Wasserstrom sees patients in La Mesa, CA. His medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Wasserstrom is especially interested in refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and glaucoma. He studied medicine at Ohio State University College of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Dr. Wasserstrom takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Sharp Health Plan, Blue Shield, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery)

All Interests: Glaucoma, Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery

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What is Refractive Surgery?

Refractive errors are problems in the shape of the eye that prevent light from being focused as it should. Small changes to the shape of the cornea (the clear, dome-shaped layer covering the front of the eye) and length of the eyeball can make vision blurry. Refractive surgery is any surgery on the eye that corrects a refractive error, improving vision and reducing the need for glasses and contacts. The most well-known refractive surgery is LASIK surgery, but there are several kinds.

LASIK surgery uses lasers to reshape the cornea. It can be used to treat most cases of near-sightedness, far-sightedness, and astigmatism. An ophthalmologist cuts away a flap of tissue covering the cornea, then guides a laser to lower or raise the curve of the cornea or to smooth out the surface of one with irregularities. It only takes 10 - 15 minutes per eye, and it is permanent.

LASEK is a very similar procedure that involves a thinner ‘flap’ under which the ophthalmologist operates. It may take slightly longer to heal, but it is a better choice for people with thin corneas.

There are several other kinds of surgery that reshape the cornea, including photorefractive keratectomy (PRK), conductive keratoplasty (CK), and laser thermal keratoplasty (LTK). While these procedures are not always as effective at vision correction as LASIK, they are also not as invasive. Unlike LASIK, they do not involve cutting open the flap of corneal tissue at the beginning of the procedure. PRK trims only the top layer of the cornea, while CK and LTK use heat to create precise scarring that will reshape it. There also may be less risk of side effects.

For severe cases of myopia, or nearsightedness, a procedure called phakic intraocular lenses may be used. These are like an implantable contact lens that is permanently inserted into the eye, in front of the natural lens.

Although an optician can refer patients to a surgeon, refractive surgery can only be performed by an ophthalmologist. A complete eye exam and consultation should always be performed. While recovery may take a few days of discomfort and blurry vision, it can lead to a lifetime free of glasses and contacts.